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New Meetup: What Can We Learn from the Fall of the Roman Empire?

From: Alexandra
Sent on: Friday, December 18, 2009 8:38 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for "Ideas that shaped history" discussion group!

What: What Can We Learn from the Fall of the Roman Empire?

When: January 10,[masked]:30 PM

Where:
Laura's residence
949 N. Hill Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91104

You are cordially invited to discuss our latest topic:
What can we, as Americans living in the 21st century, learn from the fall of Roman Empire? The ripple effects of this tidal wave in history can be felt to this day. The era of world domination ended, ushering in a new era.

At one point in history, the Roman Empire controlled what was known to Romans and their neighbors as almost the entire world: a huge portion of Europe, Asia, and North Africa. And then, something went wrong?The once invincible Roman Empire fell, and a new period in history, now commonly known as ?The Dark Ages?, began.

The fall of Rome continues to fascinate historians and social philosophers. Questions such as ?Why did Rome fall?? and ?What can we learn from its fall?? have been asked again and again, and yet there?s no consensus on how to answer these questions.

According to a Wikipedia article on the subject: ?In 1984, German professor Alexander Demandt published a collection of 210 theories on why Rome fell, and new theories have emerged since then.? Two hundred and ten theories in 1984 ? and they have probably doubled since that time!

There is an enormous number of books, articles, and websites, as well as DVDs and audio materials on the subject. To attend this meeting, no reading on the subject is required. However, if you would like to read something in advance, here is a very short list of helpful books and websites (thanks to Brian Yoder for kindly providing me with the list):

Books:

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Diocletian and the Roman Recovery by Stephen Williams
Theodosius: The Empire at Bay Stephen Williams
The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius

Online articles:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decline_of_the_Roman_Empire
http://www.roman-empire.net/collapse/collapse-index.html
http://penelope.uchicago.edu/~grout/encyclopaedia_romana/greece/paganism/temple.html
http://penelope.uchicago.edu/~grout/encyclopaedia_romana/greece/paganism/serapeum.html
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/507905/ancient-Rome/61495/Intellectual-life-of-the-Late-Republic

I expect this topic to provide much food for thought. Why don?t you bring your thoughts to the table? Please RSVP and join us!

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/Ideas-that-shaped-history-discussion-group/calendar/12110510/

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